You were made from the earth, like a rock. The only difference is that you can believe. You are a rock with a set of beliefs. Your beliefs make your reality. If you like things as they are, continue to believe as you do, if you want to change certain things, then change the beliefs which make those things part of your reality.
In my book Millionaire Mind Programming, I described a moment I called your Defining Moment. It's that moment where you are actually "reborn" to the life you were meant to have. It's a moment where you figure out you have just settled for what life gave you and now you realize you are ready to change direction in life.
In the book, I describe it coming at a time when I lost everything, and that would naturally be a place where you find your Defining Moment but there are others, you can find it at times when you get truly inspired, at a birth of your child, a marriage, or just when everything is going great and you once again, figure out, it isn't great enough.
When things are going just OK, and you don't want to appear to others as being too greedy, to materialistic, to big headed or even selfish. It means you are cutting yourself off from moving above where you are today. It means you are limiting yourself as well as your family.
That is far more selfish than not trying. It means you care what others think of you instead of what's best for you and your family. In the real world, other people are great to have as friends as long as they can keep up. But you shouldn't hold yourself back just to stay friends with people who don't want you to achieve more or become your best.
Those aren't friends, those are your enemies. They exist in your extended family, your friends, your "membership groups" you belong to. They are what people feel they must have to be happy when that is just a fantasy one creates based on what others have programmed into one's mind.
Other people can't make you happy. Friends don't, family doesn't, groups don't. Either you are happy or you are not, then your family, friends, and groups are just a reflection of you at whatever point you decide to be. If someone can't keep up with you on your journey, then let them go because I assure you someone else is waiting for you to get their that easily takes on their part in your life.
There are plenty of friends, family and groups for billionaires justs as there are for minimum wage earners. There will even be those that truly love you for you and not your station in life and they will be there whether you earn zero or you earn a million, whether you live in a car or you live in a mansion.
You will actually better tell who your real friends are as you go from one station to another. Those that disappeared, talked badly about you behind your back in jealousy, those where never your family, friends, or groups, you only thought they were because you lived in a make believe fantasy.
You will either live your life for yourself (and your immediate family) or you will live your life for others. Either one can work out great. One takes no effort on your part. One allows you to watch life go by from the nose bleed seats. One keeps you friends with almost everyone. One keeps you acting and behaving like what they want. One makes you a slave to their expectations. One makes you lose out on so much that life can offer. But then you want them to be happy, more happy than even yourself, so you sacrifice your life to make their life comfortable. Even though they don't really care about you, you just think they do. If they did care, they would go on your journey with you.
If you are ready to go on that journey, realize it's your journey, not theirs, they can come, but they have no say. Realize you have no reason not to go, you have no reason not to be the greatest you, you can be. There is a reason you hear the saying, look at your closest 5 friends and that is your life. It doesn't have to stay that way. You can have a Defining Moment many times in life, you can change directions anytime, from anywhere, even right now.
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Cheers. John Alexander
While our last readings from Case-Shiller says the real estate market is going strong, I'm seeing it soften. For those investors who rely on longer term pricing stability, you may want to start buying lower as well as move out inventory quicker.
Make sure you are protected against ransomware as it is on the rise. It hits your computer just like any other virus or malware. Opening file you receive from emails or even downloading files can infect your computer.
Not all malware are created equal. I just tested two, one I've had for several years. It missed most of the issues. I'm still testing malware software for the best one and I'll update you below once I've completed a side-by-side test.
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Texas and Louisiana, is it time to sell your Real Estate Holdings. The party appears to be coming to an end... unless oil prices go back up fast. And they don't look like they are going any where but down for now. The market can bear a few months of a drop like this where temporary market issues affect the price; but this is a move designed to push prices down by OPEC and the last time they did this, Houston became a Ghost Town.
Texas and Louisiana as a whole also suffered because the whole State depends on the oil industry. Fracking is the new boom and will be the first to go with prices remaining in this area. Anything under the $40 price level and it compounds the problems because that's the needed price point required to frack. You can get "officially" worried if prices break below $40. I don't see that happening in the next couple of months, but anything is possible.
A two-year real estate recessions is the common and historical time frame we are facing in these States. It could take years to get back to normal. Be very careful of making any long term purchases in these oil sensitive States.
How to Play the Real Estate Market
A long term hold (15 years or more) or an immediate flip are the safest ways of playing this market for now. The risk is just to high! The March home sale numbers will give us an indication of just how fast and bad the oil price war will hit these States.
Think of Photos as "Headlines". Headlines are designed to grab that short attention span we all have and in an instant convince the reader to continue reading our main message. Without dynamic photos, it's hard to grab attention these days. I've found by simply adding in more color vibrancy, you can turn an ordinarily dry looking photo into something that pulls the customer in for more information instantly.
Photoshop and Gimp have a simple Vibrance Adjustment tool that makes it easy. From there, you can keep going by composite layering in different sky backgrounds for even more effect. Here are some before and after photos I've "adjusted" to make selling land, homes, or commercial buildings better.
When flipping Fixer Uppers, be careful not to "fix" the problem issues with the home itself, but rather stick to just adjusting colors and tones etc. You still want the property flaws to be apparent. In this photo, just a blue sky background and color saturation were added and adjusted with just a little brightnessadded to make the home "POP."
This kitchen photo was just whitened up to rid the artificial light source's yellowing effect.
Land photos can show amazing differences. The camera catches light and colors that Photoshop can quickly use to make dull scenes come to life.
Mood can make all the difference as well in a photo, Different sky backgrounds and color hues make it easy.
Whatever kind of property you are selling, Photoshop can help you by creating that Magic "Picture Headline" that will draw in you customer.
Once you own a home, you can use this program for fixup funds.
Under Title I, HUD insures lenders against most losses on home improvement loans.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) makes it easier for consumers to obtain affordable home improvement loans by insuring loans made by private lenders to improve properties that meet certain requirements. "Lending institutions make loans from their own funds to eligible borrowers to finance these improvements."
Type of Assistance:
The Title I program insures loans to finance the light or moderate rehabilitation of properties, as well as the construction of nonresidential buildings on the property. This program may be used to insure such loans for up to 20 years on either single- or multifamily properties. The maximum loan amount is $25,000 for improving a single-family home or for improving or building a nonresidential structure.
For improving a multifamily structure, the maximum loan amount is $12,000 per family unit, not to exceed a total of $60,000 for the structure. These are fixed-rate loans, for which lenders charge interest at market rates. The interest rates are not subsidized by HUD, although some communities participate in local housing rehabilitation programs that provide reduced-rate property improvement loans through Title I lenders.
FHA insures private lenders against the risk of default for up to 90 percent of any single loan. The annual premium for this insurance is $1 per $100 of the amount advanced; although this fee may be charged to the borrower separately, it is sometimes covered by a higher interest charge.
Only lenders approved by HUD specifically for this program can make loans covered by Title I insurance. Title I loans can be disbursed directly to the borrower or, if the loan is made through a dealer, the disbursement will be made jointly to the dealer and the borrower. While most lenders and dealers/contractors use this program responsibly, HUD urges consumers to use caution in choosing and supervising home repair dealers/contractors conducting Title I repair/renovation work.
Eligible borrowers include the owner of the property to be improved, the person leasing the property (provided that the lease will extend at least 6 months beyond the date when the loan must be repaid), or someone purchasing the property under a land installment contract.
Title I loans may be used to finance permanent property improvements that protect or improve the basic livability or utility of the property--including manufactured homes, single-family and multifamily homes, nonresidential structures, and the preservation of historic homes. The loans can also be used for fire safety equipment.
Applications must be submitted to a Title I approved lender. Search for a HUD-approved lender online.
This program is authorized under Title I, Section 2, of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1703). Program regulations are in 24 CFR Part 201. The program is administered by HUD's Office of Housing-Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
http://www.hud.gov/ll/code/llslcrit.cfm check only Title 1 Lenders to find your local lenders. Expand the search area if you don’t find one close by.
Flipping Handyman-Specials and Fixer-Uppers
This program covers the costs of buying the home as well as rehab costs.
The purchase of a house that needs repair is often a catch-22 situation, because the bank won't lend the money to buy the house until the repairs are complete, and the repairs can't be done until the house has been purchased.
HUD's 203(k) program can help you with this quagmire and allow you to purchase or refinance a property plus include in the loan the cost of making the repairs and improvements. The FHA insured 203(k) loan is provided through approved mortgage lenders nationwide. It is available to persons wanting to occupy the home.
The downpayment requirement for an owner-occupant (or a nonprofit organization or government agency) is approximately 3% of the acquisition and repair costs of the property.
The 203(k) loan includes the following steps:
|A potential homebuyer locates a fixer-upper
and executes a sales contract after doing
a feasibility analysis of the property with their
real estate professional. The contract should
state that the buyer is seeking a 203(k) loan
and that the contract is contingent on loan
approval based on additional required repairs by the FHA or the lender.
|The homebuyer then selects an FHA-approved 203(k) lender and arranges for a detailed proposal showing the scope of work to be done, including a detailed cost estimate on each repair or improvement of the project.|
|The appraisal is performed to determine the value of the property after renovation.|
|If the borrower passes the lender's credit-worthiness test, the loan closes for an amount that will cover the purchase or refinance cost of the property, the remodeling costs and the allowable closing costs. The amount of the loan will also include a contingency reserve of 10% to 20% of the total remodeling costs and is used to cover any extra work not included in the original proposal.|
|At closing, the seller of the property is paid off and the remaining funds are put in an escrow account to pay for the repairs and improvements during the rehabilitation period.|
|The mortgage payments and remodeling begin after the loan closes. The borrower can decide to have up to six mortgage payments (PITI) put into the cost of rehabilitation if the property is not going to be occupied during construction, but it cannot exceed the length of time it is estimated to complete the rehab.|
|Escrowed funds are released to the contractor during construction through a series of draw requests for completed work. To ensure completion of the job, 10% of each draw is held back; this money is paid after the lender determines their will be no liens on the property.|
http://www.hud.gov/ll/code/llslcrit.cfm check only Title 2 Lenders to find your local lenders.